An original entry on a birth, death, or marriage certificate may be amended by either the private request of an individual or an order of a court of competent jurisdiction. An amendment includes changes, corrections, additions, deletions, or substitutions.

How to Apply for an Amendment

An amendment may be made upon application, but only with the submission of required documentary evidence in support of the amendment. The evidentiary requirements can differ, depending on whether the amendment is court-ordered or, if requested by an individual, whether it materially affects the validity and integrity of the record.

Once an amendment of an item is made, that item will not be amended again without a court order or, if a person’s name is to be changed, without a change of name decree.

To amend a certificate of birth, follow the special instructions here.

To apply for a new birth certificate for a sex designation change, follow the special instructions here.

Amendments can be quite varied. To obtain more information about a specific amendment or make an appointment to discuss the desired amendment in person with a member of our registration staff, call (808) 586-4539 or send a written letter of inquiry to:

State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Registration/Corrections Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

Counter service is available Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Appointments are preferred.


In most cases, a fee of $3.00 is charged for each request for the amendment of an item or group of items on a given certificate.